IPhone XS - Features and reviews

Created date: 11/18/2018, 01:32:12, Updated date: 04/16/2020, 11:25:05

Detailed review of iPhone XS's features

We did a detailed review of the iPhone XS's capabilities, specs, features, and ease-of-use. You can check our reviews on each aspect of this device, and our how much we recommend it when compared to other smartphone. This is a consolidated and detailed review of the iPhone XS's features.

Review of the product design of the iPhone XS

Rating of the ease of carrying it around and getting it in and out of bags or pockets

When deciding whether to buy an iPhone XS, the first important factor is its size. Smartphones are used daily, and so it is important how easily they can be carried around and pulled out of bags or pockets. This review assesses how easy it is to carry the iPhone XS around and put it away.

Ease of grasping it in your hand to carry around

The iPhone XS is a size that can easily be held in one hand. Even when holding it along with other things such as a wallet, its size makes it difficult to drop accidentally.

Ease of carrying it around when placing it in your pocket

It doesn't feel strange even when you put the iPhone XS in a pocket. In addition, when sitting on a chair with the phone in a pocket, it can be kept comfortably as it doesn't get caught on one's clothes or body.

Ease of getting it in and out of your pocket

The iPhone XS has a size that makes it relatively easy to keep and take out. While it sometimes get caught when sticking out of the pocket, I think it is just a matter of getting used to it.

Ease of getting it in and out of your bag

The iPhone XS is a size that allows you to take it in and out of your bag and use it with ease. Also, since it is compact, even if your bag is small it won't get too bulky which is convenient.

Assessment of user-friendliness and ease of handling

It is important to consider the ease of using the phone in one hand. It can be said that it would be very useful if it is easier for you to send emails and instant messages or answer calls using one hand while cooking or using your computer. Here, we have reviewed the iPhone XS by focusing on the ease of using it in one hand and the ease of typing in letters.

Ease of grasping the phone in one hand

The iPhone XS is a size that allows you to have a firm grip even while using it. Since your hand is kept stable, it is difficult to accidentally drop the phone, and it is very easy to use. Since the original body size is small, the phone is still easy to hold even when using a case.

The weight you feel when using the phone with one hand

The iPhone XS feels too heavy to operate with one hand, so the device wouldn't be a good choice even if you are just going to use it for a short period of time. We suggest that you hold it tightly with both hands as it may hurt your hands if you use it with just one hand for an extended period of time.

Ease of pushing the upper button on the screen using one hand

Even when used with one hand, the iPhone XS has a size which allows buttons on the edges of the display to be operated. However, people with small hands may lose their grip if they try to press the buttons at the edges.

The size of the buttons on the App

The buttons on the iPhone XS are displayed quite large. Because of this, it is difficult to press something by mistake and it feels very easy to use. Even with games that use small buttons, it's difficult to press something by mistake making it very easy to play.

Ease of typing in letters using the flick function

Keys on the iPhone XS can be pressed even when held with one hand, but your grip may weaken when trying to flick the buttons at the edges. As a result, it may become unstable in the hand when flicking quickly, but it won't be easy to drop as long as you are careful.

Ease of typing in letters using the keybord funtion

If you aren't being careful it is really easy to mistype when using the iPhone XS with two hands since the buttons are so small. In addition, typing at high speeds is pretty difficult and I can't say its very suited for it.

Assessment of whether it is suitable for standard use

Assessment of whether it is suitable for standard use

For people who use their smartphone on a daily basis, high performance is a rather important factor. When the performance is not good enough, then, for example, applications don't work as they should or the screen is difficult to see, and this causes stress. This review looks at whether the performance of the iPhone XS is suitable for making phone calls, messaging, or using SNS.

The size of the letters and the ease of operation

Because the display of the iPhone XS is much larger than ordinary phones, characters are displayed quite large. Therefore, it is suitable for reading long bodies of text and exchanging long messages while doing research.

Ease of reading sentences

Since the iPhone XS displays characters smoothly, it can display them beautifully. Even when viewing small characters, the jaggedness of the character outline is not at a level seen during normal viewing and is displayed very naturally. Because of this, it is difficult for your eyes to become tired and make the phone suitable for reading long bodies of text.

The beauty of the overal screen

The screen of the iPhone XS can display pictures and videos quite vividly. This makes it great for enjoying videos and games dynamically. It has a very beautiful screen.

Ease of writing sentences

For the iPhone XS, the on-screen keyboard covers part of the screen when typing, but there is sufficient space for operation. Its size is suitable for entering long sentences, but I feel it may be a bit clumsy when editing office documents.

Does it have sufficient performance to make calls and send emails?

Whether it be a phone call, mail, or during a chat, the iPhone XS provides smooth performance. Even when using the phone in demanding situations, you can use the phone comfortably since there will usually be no lag.

Does it have sufficient performance to search for things and using Social Networks?

If it is just SNS such as Facebook and Instagram, and some internet searches, the performance is enough. As a result, you will hardly ever find yourself frustrated or annoyed when using this phone.

Does it have sufficient performance to do other tasks while searching for things and using Social Networks?

Even if you start multiple apps at the same time or switch between apps frequently, you will have smooth performance. It can be said that the performance is more than enough if you just do research and SNS.

Summary of iPhone XS performance and functions

The size and weight of the iPhone XS

The body of the iPhone XS is 2.8 inches (70.9 mm) wide, 5.7 inches (143.6 mm) long, and 0.3 inches (7.7 mm) thick. Also, the screen size is 5.8 inch, and it weighs 177 oz (177 g). Compared to normal smart phones, it has quite an impressive size. It is easy to see and operate due to the large screen, but you can almost forget about using it with one hand. It is quite heavy and not really suitable for operating with one hand.

iPhone XS
iPhone X 64GB
iPhone 8 Plus 256GB
iPhone XSiPhone X 64GBiPhone 8 Plus 256GB
ColorSpace Gray/Silver/Goldー/ ーー/ ー / ー /
Dimensions (width x height x thickness)2.8 inches (70.9 mm) x 5.7 inches (143.6 mm) x 0.3 inches (7.7 mm)2.8 inches (70.9 mm) x 5.7 inches (143.6 mm) x 0.3 inches (7.7 mm)3.1 inches (78.1 mm) x 6.2 inches (158.4 mm) x 0.3 inches (7.5 mm)
Weight177 oz (177 g)174 oz (174 g)202 oz (202 g)
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Display of the iPhone XS

The iPhone XS has a Super Retina OLED screen with a resolution of 1125 x 2436. Compared to normal smart phones, its screen is relatively beautiful. It shows great images even when up close, such as when using it for VR.

iPhone XS
iPhone X 64GB
iPhone 8 Plus 256GB
iPhone XSiPhone X 64GBiPhone 8 Plus 256GB
Display size5.8 inch5.8 inch5.5 inch
Display typeSuper Retina OLEDTrue Tone ー HDR Super Retina HDTrue Tone ー Retina HD
Screen resolution (width x height)1125 x 24361125 x 24361080 x 1920
Pixel density462 ppi462 ppi400 ppi
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The battery life of the iPhone XS

The iPhone XS has a battery capacity of 2658 mAh. The battery's capacity is slightly larger than standard smart phones.

The processing capability of the iPhone XS

The iPhone XS uses the Apple A12 Bionic CPU with 2.5GHz+1.6GHz×6(Hexacore). The memory capacity is 4GB. Its CPU has better performance than normal smart phones. While this level of performance may be excessive, it is something that would be appreciated when enjoying 3D games. In addition, it has way more memory compared to normal smart phones. From the perspective of memory, I don't think you will ever feel there is not enough memory. Conversely, it is way too capable for uses such as searching the Internet and messaging.

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iPhone X 64GB
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iPhone XSiPhone X 64GBiPhone 8 Plus 256GB
ChipsetApple A12 BionicApple A11Apple A11
CPU specs2.5GHz+1.6GHz×6(Hexacore)2.39GHz+2.39GHz×6(Hexacore)2.39GHz+2.39GHz×6(Hexacore)
RAM size4GB3GB3GB
Storage size512GB64GB256GB
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The camera of the iPhone XS

The iPhone XS has a back camera with 12 MP. The front camera has 7 MP. Its rear camera has slightly better performance compared to normal smart phones. While there are times when I feel it is lacking, it is able to take pictures with satisfactory quality almost all the time. The front camera performance is also roughly the same as a standard smartphone. The image quality for longer distance photography is less than satisfactory, but on the whole, there are no issues with short distance photos.

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iPhone X 64GB
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iPhone XSiPhone X 64GBiPhone 8 Plus 256GB
Rear-camera resolution12 MP12 MP12 MP
Front-camera resolution7 MP7 MP7 MP
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